Toronto could be nice soft landing for Clemmensen

After watching the Maple Leafs goalies flopping around last night and reading today’s stories in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun, it’s clear that the Leafs could use the steady services of Scott Clemmensen. Not that I’m trying to peddle Clem, because he’s one of the most stand-up athletes I’ve ever covered, but it’s obvious that rookie Jacob Markstrom is ready and the Panthers could have one of the best goalie tandems in the league with him and a resurgent Jose Theodore, who has been solid all season (5-2-2).
Leafs starter James Reimer has been on hazy street for 19 days with a concussion that no one is talking about. His backups have been awful – an over-the-hill Jonas ‘Monster’ Gustavsson and shaky rookie Ben Scrivens, who was pelted by the Bruins the other day. Gustavsson has allowed 24 goals in 7 starts and has a 3.78 GAA. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is a big fan of Clemmensen and apparently was considering him for the starting role after watching Clem in training camp before he sustained the knee injury that opened the door for the 21-year-old Swede to stick his oversized feet into. Clem will certainly get a start soon. If not Thursday against the Jets, who are coming off a 3-2-2 season-long road trip that included a shootout win over the Panthers, then during Thanksgiving when the Panthers play four games in six days.

31 Responses to Toronto could be nice soft landing for Clemmensen

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    Really good video of Yakupov with some Galchenyuk thrown in.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Very nice. 

    On a prospects not, how crazy is Spooner's scoring. 
    He has 15 of his 19 points in the teams only 5 wins. He only has 4 points in the 13 losses. That's crazy. 
  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah it's pretty crazy. I haven't seen any of the games but I heard he's been rounding out his all-around game. I'm willing to give him a mulligan if he doesn't put up alot of points this year just because of how bad Kingston is. He's on an island out there.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Completely agree. I'd be very willing to say that the stat sort of proves that he's alone. The team wins when he is on his tip top game. 

    Mr. Dougie Gilmour is going to get himself a bindle for Spooner. 
    Also next year has an incredible top 3 forward potential. 
    Nathan ManKinnon from the Q, Sean Monohan from the O, and Hunter Shinkaruk from the Dub. All three are in the top 15 of their respective leagues scoring.
    Shinkaruk has a shot at hitting 60 goals along with Etem this year. Monahan has a shot at the scoring race, and MacKinnon is keeping pace with Grigorenko.
    Shinakruk and Monahan fighting for the title in goals or points is impressive in their 2nd seasons. Monahan being only 6 points behind Yakupov is extremely impressive (although both are in their sophomore year). MacKinnon keeping pace with Grigorenko is probably more impressive though considering he's a year younger and has 3 less inches than Grigorenko. 
    Next year's top 3 could be just as good or even better than the three Russians this year. Could be two incredible drafts in a row for the league. 
  5. reinjosh says:

    Also, Sven Baertschi is a boss. Dude has more than 2 PPG's right now in the Dub. 30 points in 13 games. 

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    That was awesome, thanks for posting.

    Both those two are stupidly talented.
  7. mojo19 says:

    I would only make a move for Clemmenssen if Reimer is really close right now. We could use Clemmenssen for a couple of weeks to try to get a little more stability in goal, but I don't think he's much better than Scrivens.

    Still think we should be looking hard at Nabokov.
  8. albertateams says:

    Hagman got claimed on reentry waivers by Anaheim. For the Ducks its a good pick up adds depth to their forwards and maybe he can reclaim his 20 goal form else where. For Calgary it saves them 1.5 million in actual salary. It just sucks how much his value has fallen in Calgary, but I'm glad we didn't take a contract back just to move him.

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I like it to. I like it because the one issue Anaheim has is forward depth. They don't have a ton of it and Hagman should help.

    Also, another thing, the Finnish connection between himself, Koivu, and Selanne.

    If he can regain his form to a 20-20 guy, then the Ducks have a very formidable second-line.

    Mixed in with Holland, Jason Blake, and Devante Smith-Pelley a decent third-line.

    All they need is some defensive depth. Cue Franson.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ya I think it is a good pick up at a good price for the Ducks. As for franson to Ana, what do you think they might give up for him?

  11. thisgamewelose says:

    Some chips and Salsa. 

    But seriously, for a team that's struggling. I'm not sure they can give Franson's full trade worth to Toronto.

  12. reinjosh says:

    At the same time they aren't exactly in a position to low ball either. Since his value has sort of gone down, it might be a good fit. Toronto gets more than his value right now. At the same time the two teams have a good relationship and Murray can rest pretty easy knowing Burke won't try and screw him. 

    Seriously. I know a lot of people on here think we ripped them off for Beauchemin but that trade has worked out just as good for them. Beauchemin has been a top pairing guy for them and has made a rock solid pairing for them. All it cost them was a player that was going nowhere on their team (and lets be serious, the play Lupul has right now would not be happening on the Ducks, no chance he gets that kind of playing time), and a prospect that had been leap frogged by not only Fowler but also Nick Schultz and probably wasn't going to be playing for another two maybe even three years. They could afford to give up the pieces they did. 
  13. reinjosh says:

    Yeah its a decent low cost move. 

    It might open up the possibility for another move. Maybe your Holland for Franson move makes more sense now.  
  14. reinjosh says:

    I desperately hope the Flames can snag one of them. Or Mikhail Grigs. 

  15. MystifoLeafs says:

    No one has said it yet so I will. The hit on Miller? Should Lucic have gotten a suspension for it? I mean yes I understand that its a face paced game but when I played hockey as a kid the number one rule was "Don't skate up ice with your head down." Bad things tend to happen. The way I see it if the puck is that far ahead you should expect the goalie will react and try to challenge you. I expected some form of suspension but seeing how the whole "Don't hit the goalie." is a unwritten rule no one cares. 

  16. LeafsCaines says:

    Just curious here bys. Is HTR on Twitter? Any of guys on twitter. Lemme know. Follow me sure, i'll follow back.  @__jonathancaines
    Also, i cant find HTR on facebook anywhere! 😮

  17. Boston_Bruins says:

    It was undoubtedly dirty and warranted a penalty but I don't think a suspension was necessary. After all, it was just a simle hit. It's not like it was a headshot or anything. And to be honest, Seguin getting pushed into Miller was just as likely to have given Miller a concussion, even though injury shouldn't be brought into the equation for a suspension.

  18. Boston_Bruins says:
    Yeah it's safe to say Spooner will get dealt unless Kingston really picks it up.

    Don't know much about this Shinakruk kid, but the other too I've been following a bit. Mackinnon in particular has crazy potential.

  19. thisgamewelose says:

    I think this can go both ways. Lucic obviously had his head down, chasing the puck, however he should've been aware that Miller was coming out of the crease….it's not like Miller only came out a couple of feet.  On the other hand, Lucic while Lucic didn't make an attempt to avoid the hit, other than bracing himself he didn't make an attempt to hit Miller. A play like that usually ends with the goalie going down to poke check the puck away. Had miller stayed sideways and not turned around, I'm not sure he would've been hit like that. 

    Buffalo's poor attempt at revenge frustrates me more than the hit. 
  20. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah he's just racking those assists up. Looks like a real good pickup for the Flames.

  21. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah that was really weak. Reminds me of the Bruins reaction with Savard, although I guess more of the concern is with the guy laying motionless on the ice at that point. 

    Your star gets bowled over and you don't do anything about it? It's even worse that it's your goalie. Gaustad is usually tough and he was on the ice. Yeah, buffalo would probably get pummelled vs. a team like Boston, but you still have to do something.
  22. reinjosh says:

    Yeah MacKinnon is the gem of the bunch but there are a couple potential studs. A dman named Seth Jones has some potential to make waves. 

    But yeah not sure to much about Shinkaruk but he's been compared to Pat Kane. Plus he's riding shotgun with arguably the hottest shooter in the CHL this year. And he looks like a Kessel and Kane had a baby lol. 
  23. dumbassdoorman says:

    Don't worry Millers brothers High Life, Lite and Genuine draft are all potting their revenge on Lucic right now!!!

  24. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ok, so here are words I didn't think I would say for a long time, there appears to be the possibilty of a goaltending controversy in Buffalo. Enroth is playing lights out and now Miller is hurt. Question becomes if Enroths play continues, does this make Miller expendable? What do you think it would cost to land him and who would be interested?

  25. thisgamewelose says:

    No, not yet. Not unless an offer too good to refuse comes along. And by that I mean, Rick Nash..Parise

  26. dumbassdoorman says:

    Parise, really? Now it is that i don't think is an impact forward, but he is UFA at seasons end.

  27. thisgamewelose says:

    I'd imagine something would have to be worked out prior to that deal.

  28. dumbassdoorman says:

    Curious, are you a Sabres fan?

  29. mojo19 says:

    done, also u put 2 underscores up here, u actually have just 1, made it a bit harder to find you

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